Schrader Cellars, Beckstoffer George III Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, USA 2010
"Schrader's 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon GIII Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard bursts from the glass with explosive dark blue and black fruit, exotic spices, flowers and menthol...a true standout." Antonio Galloni
|Grape Blend||Cabernet Sauvignon 100%|
|Label Quality||Virtually pristine|
Schrader Cellars's 2010 GIII Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 is a true Californian cult classic. A Bordeaux-inspired Cabernet of immense concentration and structure
Schrader Cellars is as much a scientific exploration of grape varieties as it is creative brilliance and its vineyard parcels are planted with different high quality clones of Cabernet Sauvignon (4, 6, and 337), producing only around 1500 cases each vintage. Each clone, managed by Fred and Carol Schrader (and winemaker Thomas Brown), produces extraordinary quality Cabernets – among the finest in California. Schrader's The GIII is clone 337 from the F block. Fred Schrader is affectionately known as Sparky who previously raced Aston Martins, produced Cuban-inspired cigars and was an antiques dealer, before crafting world class Napa red wines.
"Schrader's 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon GIII Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard bursts from the glass with explosive dark blue and black fruit, exotic spices, flowers and menthol. There is an inner energy and tension in the GIII that makes this bottling stand out. Readers will want to give the 2010 a few years in the cellar, but it is strikingly beautiful even today. Over time, as I followed it, the wine continued to open up in the glass and put on considerable weight. In 2010, the GIII is a true standout. The GIII is clone 337 from the F block." Antonio Galloni
"Its gorgeous nose reveals aromas of creme de cassis, blueberries, raspberries, vanillin and notions of cedarwood as well as incense. Deep and full-bodied with fabulous purity, a hallmark of all these wines, this spectacular 2010 has plenty of structure, but the fruit intensity and richness largely obscure the wine’s tannic profile. This beauty will be drinkable in several years and keep for 30 years. Year-in and year-out this is one of the most interesting as well as fascinating group of wines and projects in Napa Valley. First, Schrader has two committed owners, secondly a brilliant winemaker in Thomas Brown, and thirdly, one of the true first-growth vineyard sites in all of Napa Valley..." robertparker.com